I am not a deeply religious person, though I was raised in the church. While I don’t follow conventional traditional conventions, I do firmly believe in the spirit of giving that I believe is embedded in this holiday.
As each holiday approaches, I ask myself, “How can I give back?” Having been through good times, and bad, there are so many ways to give back that don’t cost a fortune but can make the lives of others so much better!
As the holiday has approached, I’ve been sorting through and packing up items that we no longer use but can still help others. These boxes went to a local charity that that I know will give them to others who can use them more than we can!
The second stop was at the Food Bank. With coupons and sales, I have been buying a little extra here and there. The result? Two large boxes of food to share with others who deserve a few treats to make their day brighter!
I also put together some items to send to a friend who is planning a trip that will make the lives of people in a far-away country better. Having asked what she needed, I’ve been working together at assembling some things. Knowing that, on the other side of the world, these items will bring a smile to people’s faces and make their daily lives a bit easier is a great feeling!
By doing these things, I am helping others who I’ll never meet but I’m also helping myself! I think it great for the girls to see that helping others when you can should be a part of your life and it makes me feel good to know that I’m making a difference!
So, as you share this holiday with the ones you love, take a moment to think about how you can also help others. It will make both you, and someone else, feel great! And what could be better than that?